Difference between DO and MAKE

What’s the difference between Do & Make?  DO + WORK MAKE + CREATE do your homework make a mistake do the housework make an appointment do the gardening make a mess do the washing up make your bed do business make a choice do some exercises make a photocopy do an exam / a test make a film do an … Read More

PHRASAL VERBS WITH BACK

Some phrasal verbs with back can be grouped together.  Look at the following: bring back / take back / put back go back / head back / drive back pay back / win back All the phrasal verbs above have a similar meaning.   Can you guess what it is? Answer: RETURN   Check out the examples in context below: Bring … Read More

DRESS UP

to dress up – means to wear a costume or fancy dress (special clothes for an event such as carnival).   This phrasal verb dress up is followed by AS or IN. Examples:  What are you going to wear for Carnival?   I’m going to dress up as Spiderman. I’m going to dress up in a Spiderman costume. Another verb with … Read More

CONFUSING WORDS / FALSE FRIENDS IN ENGLISH (PEOPLE)

STRANGER or FOREIGNER A stranger is a person that you have never met before. Example: My mother always told me that I shouldn’t talk to strangers. A foreigner is a person who is not in their home country. Example: An Italian living in France is a foreigner. Pay ATTENTION to the pronunuciation of the word foreigner BrE /ˈfɒrənə(r)/ An acquaintance … Read More

USING GO AS A PHRASAL VERB

Try to use Phrasal Verbs such as GO as much as possible. Native English speakers typically use plenty of Phrasal Verbs. This is especially true in speaking and conversation. This is just a short list of Phrasal Verbs with GO – there are many more. to go on (1) – to continue.  He never seems to get to the end … Read More

USING LOOK AS A PHRASAL VERB

to look after someone or something – to take care of / to be responsible for.  I’m looking after my sister’s children while she’s on holiday. to look up to someone – to admire / to respect.  She thinks the world of her older brother.  She really looks up to him. to look around – to try to find something … Read More

TO GET SOMEONE TO DO SOMETHING

Form = Get + Object + Infinitive Meaning = Persuade or Make somebody do something.  This structure is often used when there is a sense of difficulty. Examples: I’ll have to get John to do this report.   I won’t be able to finish it in time. I can’t get the children to sleep at bed-time.  They never seem to be … Read More

USING TAKE AS A PHRASAL VERB

Use Phrasal Verbs such as TAKE as much as possible. Native English speakers typically use plenty of Phrasal Verbs in everyday conversational English.  This is just a short list of Phrasal Verbs with TAKE – there are many more. PHRASAL VERB TAKE to take up – to start learning or doing something new.  She took up dancing when she was just 3 … Read More

MAKE – WORD COLLOCATION

EXPRESSIONS WITH MAKE make a promise make a suggestion make a mistake / an error make amends make love make friends / enemies make peace / war make an effort make an excuse Word Collocation with Food make breakfast / lunch / dinner make some coffee / tea / pasta make a sandwich make a bite to eat Make – … Read More

GO / DO / PLAY (for sports)

GO + verb+ING go swimming go running / jogging go riding / cycling PLAY a game play tennis / squash play football play rugby We can use play for other games that aren’t sport like computer games, card games, ball games, party games. DO + activity do gymnastics do yoga do karate / tai chi / judo do ballet do … Read More